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March 27, 2014

NetJets Unions Coalition Announces Informational Picket

Labor Action To Be Held At Corporate Offices On Friday, March 28

The NetJets Unions Coalition will place informational pickets at the NetJets Corporate Offices in Columbus, OH on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Dr. William LaPlante To Speak At AFA's April Air Force Breakfast

Assistant Secretary Of The Air Force For Acquisition To Provide Update On USAF Acquisitions

Dr. William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, will be the guest speaker for April's AFA breakfast series session. The Air Force Association (AFA) has scheduled the event at 7:00 a.m. on April 16, in Arlington, Virginia.

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Bombardier Announces Order For Amphibious Aircraft

Government Of Newfoundland And Labrador Adds Another Two Bombardier 415 Aircraft To Its Forest Firefighting Fleet

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has entered into a firm contract for two Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft. The transaction is valued at approximately $73.7 million based on list price, and includes various product enhancements. Deliveries of the aircraft will begin during the second quarter of 2014 and will continue in 2015.

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VTOL X-Plane Program Takes Off

Four Companies Chosen By DARPA To Design New VTOL Aircraft

For generations, new designs for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft have remained unable to increase top speed without sacrificing range, efficiency or the ability to do useful work. DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to overcome these challenges through innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds, to enable radical improvements in vertical and cruise flight capabilities.

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Curtiss-Wright, Kappa Optronics To Develop Next-Generation Flight Test Cameras

New IRIS Cameras Will Feature Built-In Video Compression, Independent Ethernet Output

Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division is collaborating with Kappa Optronics GmbH to jointly develop a new family of highly rugged flight test instrumentation (FTI) airborne video cameras designed for use with Curtiss-Wright’s industry-leading reliable and rugged Acra KAM-500 digital data acquisition unit (DAU) systems. The new high definition (HD) IRIS Airborne Cameras will feature built-in video compression and dual-channel Ethernet streaming.

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JAXA Selects Mitsubishi Heavy Industries For New Flagship Launch Vehicle

First Launch Targeted For 2020

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) as the prime contractor for a newly developed flagship launch vehicle. JAXA will begin developing the new national flagship launch vehicle in early (Japan) Fiscal Year 2014 in cooperation with a group of private companies led by MHI.

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Louisiana Governor Declares March ‘Aviation Appreciation Month’

National Aviation Organizations Commend Jindal For The Action

National aviation organizations are applauding Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) for declaring March “Aviation Appreciation Month.” General aviation supports an economic impact of $2.05 billion to Louisiana, and over 7,900 jobs in the state.

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Southwest Airlines And Denver International Airport Continue NextGen Focus

Airline Attributes Program Success To Partnerships With Denver ARTCC, Denver TRACON, Denver ATCT, And Denver International Airport

Southwest Airlines is flying fuel efficient and environmentally friendly Required Navigational Performance (RNP) approaches at Denver International Airport (KDIA). RNP approaches can reduce flying by 3-5 miles during a visual approach and up to 20 miles during an instrument approach each time they are flown at KDIA.

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EASA Certifies Gogo In-Flight Connectivity

STC Granted To Aircell For Bombardier Challenger Bizjets

EASA has granted an STC for the installation of in-flight connectivity and entertainment systems aboard Bombardier Challenger 300 business jets. The certifications cover the AVIATOR 300 and UCS 5000 systems.

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Rossiya Airlines Of Russia Introduces iPad EFB Operations

Integration Of Jeppesen iPad EFB Technology To Increase Efficiency, Reduce Use Of Paper Flight Materials

Rossiya Airlines, a part of the Aeroflot Group of Russia, recently introduced iPad-based Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) technology for its aircraft fleet, featuring Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro. Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Digital Aviation, will help to eliminate paper-based flight information, reduce fuel consumption and increase overall operational efficiency for the airline.

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General Dynamics Awarded $26 Million By Lockheed Martin

Contract For Continued Work On USAF GPS III Program

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was recently awarded a $26 million contract from Lockheed Martin to support the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) III  Network Communications Element (NCE). The Air Force's next-generation GPS III satellites will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability.

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L-3 Link To Add New ATR 72-600 Flight Simulator At Asian Training Center

New FSS Should Be Ready For Use By The End Of The Years

A new ATR 72-600 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) will be added to the Asian Aviation Training Center (AATC) in Bangkok, Thailand. L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) says the FFS, in addition to an ATR 72-600 Flat Panel Trainer (FPT), will be ready for training before the end of the year. AATC is owned and operated by L-3 Link.

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Airborne 03.26.14: WingX Upgrade, 500th R66, SpaceX Launch Date

Also: Garmin G3X Touch, Classic Aero-TV, Reno Update, Continental Cylinder AD

WingX Pro has added Instrument Approach Procedure Routing to its aviation application. Instrument Approach Procedure Routing enables pilots to select an instrument approach and have WingX Pro7 automatically insert the Instrument Approach Procedure’s fixes into the route. Robinson Helicopter just doesn’t seem to understand that the aviation business is down...They just keep on delivering helicopters. The 500th R66 Turbine helicopter rolled off Robinson’s production line on March 14, three and half years after the 5-place helicopter was initially certificated

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Last Chance!!! ANN's Annual April 1st Edition Is Just Around The Corner!

YOU Can Be A Part Of The Aero-Insanity! Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW!

Special Note: Folks... this may be our best April 1st edition Yet... I kid you not! Time is fast ticking down to a date the entire ANN staff looks forward to every year. See, each April 1st, we have a problem getting our stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we exaggerate and lampoon. In other words, we act weirder than the loons who run Sun 'n Fun... and in this group, that's really saying something. (At least we get group rates on appropriate professional care... which comes in handy more often than we care to admit -- Ed.)

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NTSB Issues Safety Alert On Wrong Airport Landings

Follows Two High-Profile Incidents Involving Transport Category Airplanes

Following two recent incidents in which transport category airplanes landed at the wrong airports, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a Safety Alert to remind pilots of the vigilance required to avoid such potentially catastrophic mistakes.

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Erik Lindbergh Announces 'Powering Imagination'

Organization Intended To Influence 'The Future Of Energy And Transportation'

The grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh has founded a new enterprise he said is dedicated to promoting sustainable aviation and encouraging students and innovators to participate in creating a brilliant future for flight.

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FAA Issues AD For 747-8

Requires Update Of Engine Control Software

The FAA has posted an AD in the Federal Register requiring an update of engine control software on some of Boeing's new 747-8 and 747-8F airplanes.

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FAA Authorizes UAV Flights In Northern Alaska

Grants ConocoPhillips Permission To Conduct Environmental Surveillance Work This Summer

The FAA has granted a waiver to Boeing subsidiary Insitu to conduct UAV flights in northern Alaska this summer.

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AEA Elects New Chairman, Vice Chairman, Board Members

David Loso Begins New Role As Chairman

Members of the Aircraft Electronics Association recently elected new representatives to its board of directors, and the AEA board of directors elected a new chairman and new vice chairman.

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NASA Solicits New Collaborative Partnerships With Commercial Space Industry

Announcement For Proposals To Be Released March 31

Building on the success of NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities.

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New Crew Launches To Space Station To Continue Scientific Research

Two Russians, One American Comprise The New Crew

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1717 EDT Tuesday. The Soyuz capsule carrying Steve Swanson of NASA and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) docked with the space station about six hours after launch.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.27.14)

“All of us have experienced a loss of situational awareness at some time, but the consequences for pilots mistaking a nearby airport for the intended one, or landing on the wrong runway or a taxiway, can have catastrophic consequences.” Source: NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.27.14): Likely (abbr: LKLY)

In probability of precipitation statements, the equivalent of a 60 or 70 percent chance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.27.14)

The Williams Vintage Aircraft Collection

A private collection of flying and semi-derelict airplanes (aka projects), including a Ryan Sport Coupe, a Bellanca and a Waco cabin biplane.

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